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Arrow finally has a Felicity-centric episode that -- aside from being well-done -- warrants attention because the flashbacks are finally about someone other than Oliver.
t's not a particularly action-heavy episode, but it makes up for it with mortification, tears, bad memories, and stupid villains.
"The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak" was an enjoyable episode of Arrow, but not quite the return to form the show needs after last week's disappointment.
"The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak," gives us a technically perfect superhero origin story. It's so beautiful, so elegant, that I want to enter it in the Superhero Origin Story Olympics.
As much as I always enjoy it, it's great to see Rickards afforded the chance to branch out beyond her awkward, adorable geek shtick.
That the bad guy was going to be Cooper was pretty well telegraphed, but Rickards still played it well, and Felicity getting to beat up the villain herself... was awfully satisfying.
The big "twist" (and I use quotes, because I have to assume it's some sort of gaslighting/brainwashing ploy) comes in the final scene.
Can we all take a moment of silence in honor of Emily Bett Rickards for absolutely killing it in the first Felicity-centric episode?
What we got was a fun, charming episode of Arrow that still managed to not feel too lightweight.
The takeaway from the hour? Donna Smoak must move to Starling City as soon as possible. She's a vision, a delight and adds so much to Felicity that has been missing.
So it was a nice, fun, diversionary episode ... and then the ending scene hits from out of nowhere.
The episode takes a character that could have been a one-off joke and turned her into a three-dimensional figure whose great power was her ability to raise a good daughter.
"The Secret Origin Of Felicity Smoak" proves to be a bit of a bait and switch.